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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday

Who needs a week to read a 14 page document? Apparently members of the Los Angeles City Council.  A vote scheduled for Tuesday on legislation regulating medical marijuana dispensaries has been postponed until next week so that Clowncilmembers can study the document prepared by the City Attorney's office.

A  City Council panel led by CM Tony Cardenas says that Mayor Villaraigosa should not control the City's anti-gang programs.  Cardenas points to a lack of transparency from within the Mayor's office and laments the Council having no oversight authority over the programs.  The Mayor's staff denies the charges however Cardenas is suggesting the programs be moved to a new agency independent of the Mayor.

No wonder Brian D'Arcy and the IBEW is pulling out all stops to elect Chris Essel.  A city audit shows that massive pay increases given to DWP employees could bankrupt the utility's pension plan.  With news like that D'Arcy needs every vote he can get to continue to rob the DWP blind.

If Chris Essel is elected to the Clowncil she will find a chilly reception from the District's Neighborhood Council leaders.  Two of them, Lisa Sarkin and Judy Price, respond to and refute several claims Essel made during recent candidate forums.

Big three way race to assume the mantle of Speaker Karen Bass in the State Assembly. Among those jockeying include Kevin DeLeon, Felipe Fuentes and Mayoral primo John Perez.  If chosen, Perez would be the first openly gay member to serve in the leadership role.  The winner will be Perez.

And finally some good news about one of the last class acts remaining in Los Angeles.  The Dodgers announced that Vin Scully will be back for a record 61st season annoucing Dodger games on radio and television.  82 year old Scully - who has already been in the Hall of Fame for thirty years - said in a statement quoted in the LA Times that he was "very excited and optimistic"about next season.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vin Scully for Mayor!

December 02, 2009 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vote against Chris Essel as a referendum on Villaraigosa and the status quo at Los Angeles City Hall. Paul K. ironically is the vote against more robbery of the public treasury.

December 02, 2009 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope everyone who helped put out the good word for Nuch to upset City Hall is sending out word that Paul must be supported for CD 2. There is no other reasonable choice and it will take all neighborhood activists to make it happen.

December 02, 2009 9:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman cant be stopped.

December 02, 2009 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Nina Royal said:

I agree with Tony Cardenas, the gang program should be totally transparent. I suggest it be run by an independent CIVILIAN committee. How about CPAB committee members as overshight, who are hands on involved in their communties and know what they need.

December 02, 2009 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Screw the Mayor stuff. Get him to run for CD2.

By the way, I do not understand the "where did Paul spend Thanksgiving" mailer. What am I supposed to get out of that?

December 02, 2009 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chris Essel sent out a letter condemning Krekorian for having Thanksgiving.

December 02, 2009 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


From ripping off his clients?

December 02, 2009 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel campaign is a disgrace.

December 02, 2009 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What Essel has planned for CD2

-ten story condos for Ventura Blvd in Studio City tied into "Metro Rapid" as "transit development"
-Home Depot on Sportsman Lodge site
-4000 SB1818 condos for Sunland-Tujunga
-Sports arena at Valley Plaza
-Mixed use golf and condos for seniors at Verdugo Hills Golf Course
-Wal-Mart in Sunland Tujunga

December 02, 2009 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby once again you are wrong.

Big fat gay John Perez will NOT be speaker.

Winner: Fiona Ma

December 02, 2009 11:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ACORN is out in a big way for Essel today in the North Hollywood area.

December 02, 2009 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My grandma who only speaks Spanish said a Spanish speaking ACORN lady came to her door and said if she votes for Chris Essel she could get a free mortgage. Grandma told the woman she is not a citizen and the ACORN lady said that was ok, she could vote absentee today if she wanted to anyway.

December 02, 2009 1:24 PM  

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